Drag Race Fans all over the world are in shock following the death of Zavion Davenport aka Chi Chi Devayne, at just 34 years of age. Chi Chi competed on two seasons of the hit reality show, placing fourth in Season 8 and 8th in All Stars 3.
News of the passing came less than a week after DeVayne informed her followers that she was back in hospital.
“Keep me in your prayers. I’ll be back soon,” DeVayne said in a video message shared Saturday morning, which showed her attached to medical equipment while laying down in a hospital bed.
DeVayne was previously hospitalized in July with high blood pressure and suspected kidney failure, telling fans she had catheters to her heart and kidneys surgically installed before undergoing dialysis treatment. She was eventually discharged later that month.
DeVayne’s Family issued a statement on her official Instagram Page. It is with tremendous sorrow that my family and I announce the passing of my beloved son, Zavion Michael Davenport, the world-renowned ‘Chi Chi DeVayne,'” the post read. The family said plans for final arrangements were still forthcoming and shared “his final words to his family and fans, ‘Never give up!'”
On Twitter, Show Producer, Head Judge, Presenter and Performer, RuPaul said that he is heartbroken to learn of Chi Chi DeVayne’s death.
“I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul. She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all. On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy – from our family to hers,” he said.